Stone Church hosts winter solstice mini-fest

BRATTLEBORO — Grammy-nominated bluegrass mandolinist Matt Flinner again teams up with award-winning local American Roots band Low Lily to celebrate the winter solstice on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Stone Church at 210 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The show debuted in 2019 but was sidelined by the pandemic in 2020. This December, the band returns with more dates, and, as described in a news release, “an excitement that only comes from being stuck at home for over a year.”

The show features instrumentals alongside songs to celebrate the season. Among them, the musicians play mandolins, guitars, fiddle, banjo, double bass, and sing in three- and four-part harmonies.

Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways, establishing him as one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists in the world.

A reviewer in JazzTimes has dubbed him “perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today.”

With a vocal blend that has been dubbed “outstanding” and “meticulous,” Low Lily's cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost two decades.

The Brattleboro-based band - Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals, fiddle), Liz Simmons (vocals, guitar), and Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, mandolin) - have crafted a signature sound that they have shared with audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering two No. 1 songs on international folk radio and two Independent Music Award wins. They will be accompanied by Maine-based double bassist Steve Roy.

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